Yesterday I submitted my thesis for examination. Today, for the first time in four years I woke up with no research papers to read, no data to check and no reactions to monitor. So……. what do I do? I have a wonderful boyfriend to look after who has been somewhat neglected and a home that is in desperate need of some TLC and I need to find a job!! But what does a girl do after 22 years in education. I have reached the age of 26 and never been without a deadline or academic goal of some kind. Now for the first time I need to find other pursuits to fill my time and having thrown of the shackles of postgraduate academic research I am starting something new ……… LIFE!